20 credits at level HE6
This has been designed to enable students as practicing professionals in services for children to engage in a structured reflection of some on-going aspect of their practice. This will involve a supervision process by a tutor who, over a semester will oversee the documenting of evidence, processes of exploration and interpretation of ongoing experience and the keeping of a reflective diary or log book and the ultimate production of a synthesis of the experiences undergone.
The module will have the following aims of helping the student to
1. Utilise some appropriate models of reflection, to reflect on their professional development as this is engaged within some identified work task or challenge.
2. Allow the identification of growth processes and their relation to perceived strengths and weaknesses as associated with the work being focussed on.
3. Explore the impocations of their circumscribed experiences in relation to past and future professional development.
In choosing an area of work, emphasis will be put on identifying a more challenging area of practice which lends itself to being monitored and reflected on. Typically, this will involve a professional passing beyond the early consolidation stage of their careers to take on more significant challenges and/or new responsibilities, such as becoming a team leader, or being required to undertake advanced development work in a given area, or make significant liaison with outside bodies. To help students achieve the standards of documentation required for this module, two introductory formal teaching sessions will take place at the beginning of the semester which will focus upon (a) the theoretical models of reflective practice and (b) the requirements and preparation of an Open Module portfoilio.
Progression of the Work and its coverage within the supervision process.
(i) Firstly you will identify an area of work which you can monitor and reflect on over a period of time (typically 3 to 4 months) and submit appropriate documentation;
(ii) On the basis of this a learning contract is drawn up in collaboration with your tutor;
(iii) The heart of the work is the keeping of a log-book and the pausing at 4 to 6 weekly intervals to write up and reflect critically on the experiences logged, collecting at the same time the necessary illustrative evidence (such as the minutes of meetings or a job specification) to support the reflections;
(iv) The submitted Open Module File consists of a log-book, interim analysis and synthesis of events together with the supporting evidence on which it is based (included in the appendices);
(v) In addition to the File you are required to submit an Evaluation, which provides a short summative assessment of the outcomes of their learning process and reflections.
This module will begin with two introductory sessions on self-directed study deriving from their on-going practice, supported by a series of tutorials with their allocated supervisor to establish the learning framework and to offer advice on an appropriate strategies to document progress. Regular supervisory sessions on a one to one basis. Of the 200 hours notional time allocated to this, 5 hours will be in supervision with tutor, 35 in consolidating this and 160 in independent study and or field work.
The assessment will take the form of a 4,500 word submission and a 500 word evaluation of the work done.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||have identified a challenging area of practice and formulated appropriate strategies for reflecting upon the professional development taking place through the utilisation of models of Reflection||display a capacity to define challenging aspects of practice and engage in critical reflection on these in a transparent way|
|2.||have clarifed personal strengths and weaknesses and explored your own organisational effectiveness in new/challenging situations.||reach a clarfification that show realistic and appropriate appraisals of practice including adequate reference to work settings.|
|3.||have formulated appropriate strategies and proposed solutions to any problems identified in the examples of practice used to complete the portfoilio and supporting reflective diary||produce sensitive documentation which demonstrates an ability to explore practice issues through reflection and generate solutions which display some level of original and creative thinking|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||One 4,500 word submission synthesising the experiences focussed on||One 500 word written evaluation|
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
No restrictions apply.
Johns C. (2000) Becoming a Reflective Practitioner. Blackwell Science U.K.
Taylor, B.J. (2000) Refelctive Practice for Nurses and Midwives. London: Open University Press
|Host Subject Group:||Health, Social and Community Studies|
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